Many teen boys lose interest in reading. But this book would be a fun gift for one. (It’s also available as an e-book).
Tyler is in high school, living in Florida. He just learned how to drive. He has a best friend, Adam and a very smart girlfriend, Kelly, who hated the word literally used incorrectly.
Adam and Tyler’s nemesis is Mr. Click, the history teacher. When he received an F for a test that he had studied very hard, Tyler was really fuming. Mr. Click accused Tyler of letting another boy cheat, so he and the other student both failed. Tyler suggested taking the test again, even though “70 percent of what I’d studied leaked out of my brain over the weekend.”
When Mr. Click said no, Tyler wanted to get back at him. Adam came up with a brilliant idea: giving Tyler a voodoo doll. Tyler would prick the doll with pin, and Mr. Click would feel a pain. But that didn’t happen.
“Mr. Click let out a shriek of pain that ripped through my eardrums.”
And then his leg shot off from his body in a spray of blood and bone as if it had been fired from a cannon.
The leg slid across the tile floor, leaving a thick red track and stopped only when it struck the wall.
I guess it goes without saying that everybody in the classroom began to figuratively scream their heads off...
Kids were sobbing and screaming and panicking, and there were at least two confirmed vomiters. There was blood everywhere. I couldn’t breathe.
I plucked the pin out of the doll. Sadly, Mr. Click’s leg did not slide back and reattach itself.
What had I done?
What kind of horrible monster was I?
What the hell kind of steroid-enhanced voodoo doll was this?”
Despite the gross out descriptions (which teens will love), it is also funny, in a morbid kind of way. I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t read again for a few minutes!
Needless to say, the situation gets worse and worse for poor Tyler. There is a happy ending, but he goes through enough trials and tribulations to get grey hair.